AZBennett (114) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - MAY 12, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Batch 002. Pours a nice dark amber with absolutely zero carbonation. Aromas are pumpkin, caramel, and very active rum and wood scents. Flavors are exactly like the nose predicts, though there are some more nuanced spices mixed in and the alcohol flavors are tremendously good. The palate is super heavy and coats the tongue with a near liquor level of sticky, but even a little carbonation would help this out. Overall, this is a stellar beer, definitely the best pumpkin beer I have tasted, but a little too heavy and big to enjoy all the time; where it really wins is in the bottle size, 12 oz. is perfect for a beer this big.
sebletitje (6969) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 24, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bouteille 33cl via trade shared with the Shape folks, Belgium. 2013 bottle.
De couleur ambrée-orangée, col blanc qui disparait rapidement.
Arôme offre un bouquet agréable de citrouille le tout accompagné par un bouquet efficace d’épice ’all-spices’ qui ne tombe pas dans l’artificiel.
Palais offre ici tut le bon côté de la citrouille. Une certaine épaisseur s’en dégage avec une pointe de douce. Le rhum accompagne le tout et est en symbiose avec le profil attendu de cette bière.Le tout reste collant aux lèvres sans pour cela tomber dans le trop sucré. Retrouve un épicé (cannelle, girofle) typique de saison et cette impression de pumkin pie sur stéroïde.
Bière difficile à boire seul et nous n’étions pas trop de 4 pour y arriver.
aleigator (309) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - JAN 13, 2015
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Many thanks to Michael for the bottle.
Pours a clear, firey dark red color, with a soon vanishing head.
Has an almost overwhelming, wooden barrel character, which gets enhanced by an incredibly zesty, herbal, sweet spiciness, featuring glazed pumpkin and burning booze, all put into an intriguing balance. The brews complex, honeyed maltiness interacts well with the slighty fermented, earthy and sweet pumpkin, both smells blending together hold the barrel intensity at bay.
This is so much sweeter than I expected it to be, with loads of molasses, toffee and cane sugar, kicking my teeths in, finished off wih an intense alcoholic burn, while the barrel’s woodenness gets almost swallowed entirely by the sugar. The malt foundations gets overpowered by the sweetness already during the very beginning, joined by a sharp alcoholic impact, and only manages to try finding its balance during a later stage, due to the calming herbs and spices, which all in all aren’t capable to stop the sugar madness too. The rum barrel is very well integrated though, providing a burning, slightly bitter counterpart to the sugar, which would result into a slightly dry, medicine-like impression, if it wasn’t for the muddy, leafy herbs of mace, cardamon and vanilla, to provide some sort of balance. FInishes with caramelized malts among molasses and an confirming booziness, leaving enough space on the palate for the actual pumpkin to fit in, supported by wooden herbs.
tcon25 (43) - Duvall, Washington, USA - DEC 29, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle pour at home. Batch #4 bottled sept 22 2014 16.73%. Slight pumpkin aroma, smooth finish , leaves a small amount of rum after taste. Really good beer here, I enjoy everything from this brewery.
Aubrey (3454) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 26, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Incredibly delicious pumpkin beer. Lots of sweetness, but its big alcohol cuts through it well, balancing things out. Texture is thick and chewy with a mild carbonation. Intensely rich elements of pumpkin pie, bread dough and pastries. Pleasant hoppiness. Alcohol is hidden dangerously well. Yams, rum and raisins linger nicely in the aftertaste.
sinfull (927) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 25, 2014
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear amber/brown color , thin off-white head. Aroma of rum , pumpkin, spices and malt. I like rum , so I like this smell either. Heavy sweetness in taste . Excess of sweetness as for me . Also there are spices , grain , pumpkin and some alcohol in taste. Warming , alcohol finish and aftertaste. Very interesting , but I expected for more...
DesertDevil (561) - Arizona, USA - DEC 24, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013 12-oz. bottle. Heavy nose of strong rum and molasses, nutmeg, and ginger with hints of cinnamon and actual pumpkin aroma (not just the typical spices). Crystal-clear dark copper in color with no head. Incredibly rich taste of straight-up pumpkin pie (crust and all) and maple syrup; hot booze is quite apparent but not particularly rum. Slick mouthfeel. Delicious but maybe another six months in the cellar would smooth it out.
rosenbergh (7505) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Bottled on Sep/2013. 18.53%. From jcnielsen. Huge thanks to Justin!
Hazy amber brown colour with a small light tan head.
Sweet malt, sourness, pumpkin sweetness, spices, rum and more sweetness in the aroma.
The flavour is... Wow! It’s really strong with spices, sweetness, rum, alcohol and more sweetness. Extremely strong. The alcohol burns. This is not a light beer... I’m passing out.
andrewje41 (783) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle wearing the foil avery uniform. Pours an amber color with a sweet banana aroma. Caramel and sweet pumpkin with an amazing spice compliment. Ripe banana finish. Smooth and delicious. What an awesome beer.
mabel (7015) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 20, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[6551-20140723] Bottle. Fresh rummy leaf grains aroma with a hint of sweetly barbecued meat. Hazy, brown body with a quick bubbly head. Boozy rummy grains flavour has a taffy rum undertone. Medium-full body. Really interesting. (7/2/8/3/14) 3.4
(w/ DuctTape, jercraigs, JoeMcPhee)
solidfunk (4529) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - DEC 18, 2014
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
A mess for my tastes. Syrupy. Too much BS pumpkin spices like clove, cinnamon and other stuff. Super sweet. Maroon clear pour with ok head and lacing. Tap at Churchkey.